Fire in vehicles caused by electric fault – 18033

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A request for information about vehicles caused by electrical faults – 18033

Ref: FOI/18033

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 26th February 2018.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I would like to request some data on the amount of fires in vehicles caused by electrical faults. It would also be great to know if you had any insight on why these fires start and if you’ve seen a particular increase in this causation of fire at all? If possible, it would be great to get some stats dating back at least to 2010.

Reply

The table below shows, by calendar year, the number of accidental vehicle fires where the source of ignition was recorded as “electrical fault”.

Year count of incidents
2010 146
2011 119
2012 115
2013 125
2014 131
2015 124
2016 125
2017 122

The next table shows the breakdown of what was recorded as “Cause”:

Row Labels 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Accumulation of flammable material 2 1
Combustible articles too close to heat source (or fire) 2 3 1
Fault in equipment or appliance (incl. overheating) 69 58 49 51 62 60 66 72
Faulty fuel supplies – Electricity 2 5 2 4 4 7 5 4
Faulty fuel supplies – Petrol product 1 1 1 1 2 1
Faulty leads to equipment or appliance 49 32 38 43 36 35 31 26
Negligent use of equipment, appliance or heat source (not cooking) 1 3 1
Other 8 10 4 12 12 3 8 5
Other overheating 10 8 12 9 10 9 10 10
Unknown cause 4 2 4 3 5 4 3
Vehicle crash or collision 2 1 4 1 1 1 1
Grand Total 146 119 115 125 131 124 125 122

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4H

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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